The conference organizers acknowledge that Ottawa is located on unceded Algonquin territory. We acknowledge that the Omàmiwininìwag, the Algonquin peoples, are the traditional guardians of this land, and recognize their longstanding relationship with this territory. We respect all Indigenous peoples in this region, from all nations across Canada, who call Ottawa home. We respect their traditional knowledge keepers, both young and old, and honour their past, present, and future leaders (adapted from the University of Ottawa’s “Indigenous Affirmation”).
The Algonquin peoples have lived in the Ottawa Valley and adjacent areas, at the border between what is now Quebec and Ontario. Prior to the arrival of the European settlers, the Algonquin peoples controlled the Kiji Sibi (Ottawa River), the meeting point of the Gatineau and Rideau Rivers that became a strategic point of connection between French fur traders and Indigenous nations to the north and west of the Ottawa Valley. The Algonquin peoples also controlled the Akikpautik (Chaudière Falls), a sacred place of prayer and ceremony that Algonquin storyteller Albert Dumont, “South Wind,” translates as “The Kettle of Boiling Waters.” Through the creation of the Canadian state, the Kiji Sibi, once central to the unity and identity of the Algonquin peoples, became knowable by the majority of the non-Indigenous people living in the Ottawa-Gatineau area as a boundary marker separating the provinces of Ontario and Quebec.
Land acknowledgements have become common procedures to address Canada’s history of colonialism and strengthen relationships with Indigenous nations. However, Métis writer Chelsea Vowel warns that, through repetition, they may lose their transformative power and turn into “‘box-ticking’ inclusion without commitment to real change.” Thus, we would like to use this land acknowledgement to reflect on our responsibilities as non-Indigenous settlers living on unceded Algonquin territory, and on what needs to be done as we recognize Indigenous presence in Canada. How can we develop mutual relationships with the Algonquin peoples and other Indigenous nations living in Ottawa? What are we doing beyond recognizing Indigenous ownership of the territory we currently live in? What might we be doing that still legitimizes settler colonialism in Canada? How can we promote a genuine understanding of the ongoing legacies of settler colonialism in Canada?
Dumont, Albert. “The Kettle of Boiling Waters: Chaudière Falls, Algonquin Territory.” Albert Dumont. 28 Dec. 2013. http://albertdumont.com/the-kettle-of-boiling-waters-chaudiere-falls-algonquin-territory/
“Indigenous Affirmation.” University of Ottawa. https://www.uottawa.ca/indigenous/
Vowel, Chelsea. “Beyond Territorial Acknowledgments.” âpihtawikosisân: Law. Language. Culture. 23 Sept. 2016. https://apihtawikosisan.com/2016/09/beyond-territorial-acknowledgments/
- ByWard Market
Located in downtown Ottawa, the ByWard Market is a pedestrian friendly and historic neighbourhood surrounded by local businesses and boutiques, art galleries—including the National Gallery of Canada— coffee shops, restaurants, and bars.
- Downtown Rideau
Located near touristic attractions such as Parliament Hill and the ByWard Market district, the Downtown Rideau area is perfect for shopping as well as cultural and entertainment activities. While strolling around Downtown Rideau, you can visit the Bytown Museum, which recounts Ottawa’s history from the early years of the construction of the Rideau Canal, the Ottawa Locks of the Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and galleries such as the National Arts Centre (NAC) and Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG).
Just south of Centretown and centered around Bank Street, the Glebe neighbourhood is famous for its locally owned businesses, coffee shops and restaurants. In the Glebe, you can watch sport matches and concerts at TD Place, explore the shops and restaurants located at the Lansdowne Park, and buy local products at the year-round Farmer’s Market (located at the Aberdeen Pavilion and open every Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
- Hintonburg and Wellington West
Located west of downtown Ottawa, Hintonburg is one of Ottawa’s most eclectic and trendy areas. The Wellington Street West corridor is surrounded by independent businesses, specialty shops, and community centres. This neighbourhood also features the outdoor Parkdale Market, located on Parkdale Avenue, and funky street art like whimsical carved marble sculptures and clay miniatures.
Located on the east bank of the Rideau River, Vanier offers a wide choice of retail shops, strip malls, restaurants and bars. This neighborhood also features the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, which provides a wide range of medical, social and cultural services as well as other forms of support for Ottawa’s indigenous population.
For more information on Ottawa’s neighborhoods, please visit: https://www.ottawatourism.ca/neighbourhoods/
- Lord Elgin Hotel
Address: 100 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5K8
Phone number: (613) 235-3333
For more information on how to get there, please visit https://lordelginhotel.ca/location/
- University of Ottawa
Located at 75 Laurier Ave East ON K1N 6N5, the University of Ottawa is only about 10 minutes walking distance from the Lord Elgin Hotel. A map of the uOttawa campus can be found below.
- Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health
The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health located in the Vanier area, only a few minutes east of downtown Ottawa (about a 10-minute drive) and about 20 minutes from the MacDonald-Cartier International Airport.
Address: 299 Montreal Road, Ottawa, ON K1L 6B8
Phone number: (613) 748-0657
Fax: (613) 748-9364
For more information on how to get there, please visit: https://wabano.com/wabano-meeting-and-event-centre/location/
- Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)
The Ottawa Art Gallery is an independent public art gallery committed to the exhibition of contemporary art from the local arts community. Services include exhibitions, publications, talks, lectures, tours and youth programming. Located in downtown Ottawa, at the intersection of Waller Street, the Gallery is within a walking distance from the Rideau Centre and the University of Ottawa campus.
Address: 50 Mackenzie King Bridge ON K1N 0C5
Phone number: 613-233-8699; 613-569-7660
Hours of operation: Open daily, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
OAG Shop and Galerie Annex: Sunday – Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. / Thursday – Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Location and directions can be found here.
- National Gallery of Canada
Located in the ByWard Market area, the recently-reinvented National Gallery of Canada features a wide collection of European, Canadian and Indigenous art. In the National Gallery, you can also visit the Canadian Photography Institute, which counts with works from emerging talents, established artists and historical archivists. The building, an award-winning architectural gem, is in itself worth a visit.
Address: 380 Sussex Drive Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4
Phone number: 613-990-1985
Hours of operation:
May through September: open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
October through April: closed Mondays; Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
*** Open Thursdays until 8 p.m. (Free admission after 5 p.m.)
- Library and Archives Canada (LAC)
For those interested in Canadian heritage, the Library and Archives Canada provides information and archival material about Canada’s main historical events and characters. The LAC acquires, restores, preserves and provides access to documentary heritage, special collections and genealogy services.
Address: 395 Wellington Street, ON K1A 0N4
Phone number: 613-996-5115 or 1-866-578-7777 (toll-free in Canada and the United States)
For information on hours of operation, please visit: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/Pages/service-opening-hours.aspx
- Canadian Museum of History
In the Canadian Museum of History, you can explore Canada’s histories through diverse experiences and perspectives, visit a large indoor collection of totem poles and explore the traditions of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples. The Museum also features a new signature exhibition, the Canadian History Hall, the Children’s Museum and a cinema experience at the CINÉ+. The building in itself is worth a visit, especially because of its location on the banks of the Ottawa River.
Address: 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau, QC K1A 0M8
Phone number: 819-776-7000; toll free: 1-800-555-5621
Hours of operation: Monday through Sunday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. (free admission after 5 p.m.)
For a list of special exhibitions, please visit: https://www.historymuseum.ca/exhibitions/special-exhibitions/
For location and directions, please visit: https://www.historymuseum.ca/visit/#tabs
- Canadian Museum of Nature
Just a few minutes from Parliament Hill, the Canadian Museum of Nature presents galleries featuring iconic mammals and Canada’s original collection of dinosaur fossils; an enormous blue whale skeleton; and a new Arctic Gallery, which opened June 2017. 3D movies, special exhibitions, guided tours and workshops are available. The Museum also features the Nature Nocturne event, a venue that allows you to explore galleries after hours, engage your curiosity with themed activities and enjoy some great music. This event usually happens in the last Friday of each month. For the Nature Nocturne schedule, please visit https://nature.ca/en/plan-your-visit/nature-nocturne
Address: 240 McLeod Street Ottawa, ON K1P 6P4
Phone number: 613-566-4700; toll free: 1-800-263-4433
Hours of operation:
– June 1st to Labour Day: open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays/Fridays until 8 p.m. (free admission on Thursdays after 5 p.m.)
– Labour Day until May 31: open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Mondays (open on holiday Mondays); Thursdays until 8 p.m. (free admission after 5 p.m.)
For a list of current exhibitions, please visit: http://www.nature.ca/en/plan-your-visit/what-see-do/our-exhibitions
- Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canada Mint offers tours to the Mint’s Ottawa manufacturing facility, where you can learn about the art and craft of coin-making. The Mint’s on-site boutique also features a large selection of gifts, collectibles and souvenirs.
Address: 320 Sussex Drive Ottawa, ON K1A 0G8
Phone number: 613-993-8990; toll free: 1-800-276-7714
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information on Ottawa’s museums, please visit: https://www.ottawatourism.ca/see-and-do/museums/
- Canada Science and Technology Museum
The newly renovated Canada Science and Technology Museum offers digital experiences and exhibitions such as the ZOOOM Children’s Innovation Zone, Artifact Alley and the Exploratek Maker Studio. A Demo Stage offers exciting, participatory science demonstrations.
Address: 2421 Lancaster Road Ottawa, ON K1G 5A3
Phone number: 613-991-3044; toll free: 1-866-442-4416
Hours of operation:
May 1 to September 8: open daily, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
September 9 to April 30: closed on Mondays
For location and directions, please visit: https://ingeniumcanada.org/cstm/visit#location
Close to the uOttawa campus
- Café Alternatif
Address: University of Ottawa, 75 Laurier Ave E, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
- Café Nostalgica
Around for over 20 years, Nostalgica is a diverse and dynamic café, restaurant and cultural space run by the uOttawa Graduate Student Association (GSAED). Nostalgica offers fair-trade and organic coffee and tea; a large variety of food options for most dietary restrictions, including burritos, sandwiches and poutine; live jazz nights and a patio during the spring/summer.
Address: 601 Cumberland St, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
Phone number: (613) 562-5800 ext. 3000
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
- Father & Sons Restaurant
Casual, on-campus tavern serving draft beers along with burgers, pizza, sandwiches and other food options.
Address: 112 Osgoode St, Ottawa, ON K1N 6S1
Phone number: (613) 234-1173
Hours of operation: Monday and Tuesday, from 7:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Wednesday to Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.
- Happy Goat Coffee Co.
Coffee shop serving espresso drinks, baked goods and light meals such as bagels, soup and sandwiches.
Address: 317 Wilbrod St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7W4
Phone number: (613) 241-0606
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Other locations: 326 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1M6 and 35 Rue Laurel St, Ottawa, ON K1Y 4M4, in the Hintonburg area.
- Second Cup Coffee Co.
Address: 153 Laurier Ave E, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N8
Phone: (613) 232-6921
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Address: Desmarais Building, 55 Laurier Ave E, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
Phone number: (613) 562-5800
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Other locations: Lord Elgin Hotel, 100 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5K8. Open Monday to Friday, from 6:30am to 8pm; Saturday and Sunday, from 8am to 6pm.
- Bridgehead Coffee House
Address: 96 Sparks St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5T9
Phone number: (613) 232-4936
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Other locations: 109 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5N5; 344 Slater St, Ottawa, ON K1R 7Y3
- The Ministry of Coffee
Cozy café with a rotating list of globally sourced coffees as well as gourmet sandwiches and pastries.
Address: 274 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1M2
Phone number: (613) 255-3180
Hours of operation: Monday to Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Other locations: 1013 Wellington St W, Ottawa, ON K1Y 2Y1, (Hintonburg area).
- The Art House Café
Opened in February 2017, the Art House Café offers a variety of hot drinks, baked goods, and in-house lunch options. By night, the Café becomes a lounge and bar where you can enjoy live music, beers from the region, and a selection of curated cocktails. Located in a heritage house, the Art House Café features work from local artists, and offers artistic events and rotating workshops.
Address: 555 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K1R 5K1
Phone number: (613) 518-4782
Hours of operation: Monday to Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Art-Is-In Bakery
Located in the Hintonburg area, this stylish and contemporary bakery-café offers bread, pastries and baguettes, as well as breakfast, brunch, sandwiches and lunch options.
Address: 250 City Centre Ave #112, Ottawa, ON K1R 1C7
Phone number: (613) 695-1226
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Rabbit Hole
Located on Sparks Street in the downtown core, this resto-bar offers an impressive interior décor, a blend of vintage-chic furniture, and a variety of cocktails and food options.
Address: 208 Sparks St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5C1
Located on Bank Street in downtown Ottawa, Fauna offers a modern yet cozy atmosphere and signature, locally-sourced food creations.
Address: 425 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1Y7
Located on Elgin Street, in the Ottawa downtown core (just above the famous vegetarian restaurant, Pure Kitchen), this retro-chic lounge serves a variety of cocktails, wine options from all over the world and a wide selection of beer. Mixologists at Charlotte create their own syrups and juices.
Address: 340b, Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1M6 (On top of Pure Kitchen)
- Union Local 613
A stylishly old-timey hangout bar and restaurant with communal seating and a menu of Southern-inspired dishes and cocktails.
Address: 315 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K2P 0J8
- Ward 14
Located on Preston Street, Little Italy, Ward 14 is a consignment shop and bar featuring vintage décor, signature food options such as tater tot poutine and homemade corn dogs, and a variety of cocktails.
Address: 139 Preston St, Ottawa, ON K1R 7P4
- Hintonburg Public House
Located in the trendy Hintonburg area just west of downtown Ottawa, the Hintonburg Public House offers a casual atmosphere to enjoy traditional pub fare and comfort food made in-house.
Address: 1020 Wellington St W, Ottawa, ON K1Y 2X9
For more information about cocktail spots in Ottawa, please visit: https://www.ottawatourism.ca/ottawa-insider/great-cocktail-spots-in-ottawa/